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Variety + Sportico's Sports and Entertainment Summit, presented by City National Bank is a day-long summit feature keynote conversations and panel discussions, highlighting trends across programming and storytelling, multiplatform game coverage, athlete branding and representation, NIL dealmaking and more.

This event will be held at The Beverly Hilton. 

Attending with your team? For group rate information, email flgomez@variety.com

Agenda 

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM PT

Opening Remarks

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM PT

Keynote Conversation with Paige Bueckers, UConn Huskies and Lindsay Kagawa Colas, EVP, Talent + The Collective

Paige Bueckers - UConn Women’s Basketball Player
Lindsay Kagawa Colas - EVP, Talent + The Collective
Cynthia Littleton (Moderator) - Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety

9:50 AM - 10:25 AM PT

The Future of Watching Live Sports

Craig Barry - EVP and Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports
Charlie Neiman - Head of Sports Partnerships, Prime Video
Burke Magnus - President, Content, ESPN
Lori Conkling - Global Head of TV, Film and Sports Partnerships, YouTube
Shannon Willett - CMO, Peacock
David Eilenberg - Head of Content, Roku Media
Cynthia Littleton (Moderator) - Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety

An exploration into the fast-evolving business of live sports programming and viewing, as this compelling content becomes increasingly important to engage and retain audiences. What is the opportunity as platforms see sports as a way to boost their own brands, identity and original content? Which new innovations are helping drive fans to sports content? Sports TV leaders from a variety of functions discuss strategies to stand out and succeed in this competitive landscape. 

10:25 AM - 11:00 AM PT

Women’s Sports Rising Roundtable

Constance Schwartz-Morini - Co-Founder & CEO, SMAC Entertainment
Diana Flores - QB, Women’s Flag Football, Mexico and Sports Analyst
Bethany Donaphin - Head of League Operations, Women's National Basketball Association
Ashlyn Watkins - NCAA Women’s Champion, South Carolina Gamecocks
Cynthia Littleton (Moderator) - Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Michelle Haines - VP of Marketing, National Women's Soccer League

A look at the rise in women’s sports – hear about the business opportunities in tying into these sports’ growing fan bases. Who are the leaders expanding women’s sports? What are challenges for women’s sports in achieving parity with their counterparts in men’s athletics? Leaders in women’s sports discuss the state of their industry and will share what comes next.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM PT

Networking Break

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM PT

Coming in HOT: Conversation with the Rams 2023 Rookie Class

Puka Nacua - Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Rams
Kobie Turner - Defensive Tackle, Los Angeles Rams
Steve Avila - Offensive Lineman, Los Angeles Rams
Eben Novy-Williams (Moderator) - Deputy Editor, Sportico

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM PT

Keynote Conversation with Jay Williams, Chairman and Co-Founder, Improbable Media and ESPN Analyst

Jay Williams - Chairman and Co-Founder, Improbable Media and ESPN Analyst
Todd Burach (Moderator) - SVP and Team Leader and Head of Sports and Family Office Banking, City National Bank

12:10 PM - 12:50 PM PT

Ultimate Co-Lab - The Athlete and Fan

Samantha Tan - Driver & Team Owner, Samantha Tan Racing and Global Ambassador BMW M Motorsport
Austin Ekeler - Running Back, Washington Commanders
Chase Griffin - UCLA QB and Two-Time NIL Athlete of the Year
Aly Wagner - Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, US Women’s Soccer and Sports Analyst
Chris Koras - Head of Baseball, KLUTCH Sports Group
Ezra Frech - Track & Field Athlete, Paris Paralympics 2024, and Co-Founder Angel City Sports

A look at the fierce bonds between athletes and their fans that help jump start new businesses, spanning lifestyle brands, entertainment/media projects, philanthropies, investment opportunities and more. What is the right strategy allowing athletes to strike the best balance between interests in and out of the game? Who are key players aligning with athletes to support their varied projects? How are teams supporting athletes extending their careers to boost fan bases? Athletes and their partners discuss how they are accomplishing new goals with their followers at their side.

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM PT

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:10 PM PT

Keynote Conversation

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM PT

Rich Eisen, "The Rich Eisen Show" + Andrew Thau, COO United Talent Agency and Co-Head UTA Sports

Rich Eisen - "The Rich Eisen Show"
Andrew Thau - COO United Talent Agency and Co-Head UTA Sports
Cynthia Littleton (Moderator) - Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM PT

Scoring All-Important Gen Z Sports Fans

Nick Kelly - VP Partnerships, Verizon
Heidi Browning Pearson - SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, National Hockey League
Anmol Malhotra - Head of Sports and Media Partnerships, Snap Inc.
Paul Heyman - WWE Hall of Fame
Camille Maratchi - VP Unscripted & Documentaries, SpringHill Entertainment
Eben Novy-Williams (Moderator) - Deputy Editor, Sportico

Younger generations enjoy sports – but often not always via traditional sports outlets and channels. What are strategies to reach fans who follow the action across their social accounts? What are strategies to connect with Gen Z and bring them into the live game viewing experience? How are teams, leagues, sports platforms and brands creating future loyal, obsessed fans to continue to grow this industry?

3:10 PM - 3:50 PM PT

Breakthrough Sports Storytelling Across Platforms

Therese Andrews - Head of Production, Omaha Productions
Angela Ellis - VP, Original Content & Entertainment, NFL Media
Marc Gilbar - President of Imagine Brands, Imagine Entertainment
Dave Easton - Head of Sports, Comedy, Topical and Alternative Programming, Wondery
Michelle Beadle (Moderator) - Broadcaster and Host, Over the Top
Michelle Beadle (Moderator) - Host of “Beadle & Decker” on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio
Angel McCoughtry - WNBA star and 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist

An exploration into how sports are inspiring TV, film, docs, podcasts, video games and other entertainment projects.  What content is proving especially compelling with audiences? How can sports storytelling attract casual and hard-core sports fans alike? Producers, hosts, actors, directors and writers converge to share their creative journeys across sports storytelling. 

Speakers 

Steve Avila

Steve Avila

Offensive Lineman

Los Angeles Rams

Michelle Beadle (Moderator)

Michelle Beadle (Moderator)

Host of “Beadle & Decker” on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio

Heidi Browning Pearson

Heidi Browning Pearson

SVP and Chief Marketing Officer

National Hockey League

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers

UConn Women’s Basketball Player

Lori Conkling

Lori Conkling

Global Head of TV, Film and Sports Partnerships

YouTube

Bethany Donaphin

Bethany Donaphin

Head of League Operations

Women's National Basketball Association

David Eilenberg

David Eilenberg

Head of Content

Roku Media

Rich Eisen

Rich Eisen

"The Rich Eisen Show"

Austin Ekeler

Austin Ekeler

Running Back

Washington Commanders

Angela Ellis

Angela Ellis

VP, Original Content & Entertainment

NFL Media

Diana Flores

Diana Flores

QB, Women’s Flag Football, Mexico and Sports Analyst

Ezra Frech

Ezra Frech

Track & Field Athlete, Paris Paralympics 2024, and Co-Founder Angel City Sports

Marc Gilbar

Marc Gilbar

President of Imagine Brands

Imagine Entertainment

Chase Griffin

Chase Griffin

UCLA QB and Two-Time NIL Athlete of the Year

Michelle Haines

Michelle Haines

VP of Marketing

National Women's Soccer League

Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman

WWE Hall of Fame

Lindsay Kagawa Colas

Lindsay Kagawa Colas

EVP, Talent + The Collective

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

VP Partnerships

Verizon

Chris Koras

Chris Koras

Head of Baseball

KLUTCH Sports Group

Burke Magnus

Burke Magnus

President, Content

ESPN

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